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Cape May Spring Festival

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May 16, 2024 May 19, 2024

Cape May is the place to be in spring!

Our musical keynote is What We Owe To Birds, a collaborative music and multimedia project meditating on bird conservation produced by five composers of the Princeton New Jersey-based Consonance Collective (CNSNC). Exploring topics ranging from the evolution of flight, flock migration behavior, birds of urban landscapes, birds endangered by forest fires, and shorebirds conservation, this project is brought to life by the BlackBox Ensemble, a NYC-based contemporary music ensemble dedicated to creating adventurous and engaging performances of the music of our time. What We Owe To Birds is CNSNC’s third entry in a series of collaborations with scientific partners, following on the heels of projects with the Space Telescope Science Institute and the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. The musical keynote will be held at the Lower Cape May Regional High School Auditorium, 687 U.S. 9, Cape May, NJ 08204.

Field, boat, and trolley trips as well as great indoor programs await you. Whether it’s your first time or you just can’t resist coming back, you will leave this festival a better birder with a heightened passion for birding and conservation. Many trips sell out fast, so register today! Event organizers may close registration based on capacity constraints.

We have a block of rooms at the Grand Hotel that fill up quickly so we recommend booking your stay as soon as is possible at the Grand or another hotel. To get the discounted rate at the Grand Hotel, please enter the Group ID  652325. Please note, this is not a “promo code.”

Many of our local birding sites are within 15 minutes driving distance of the Grand Hotel and many other hotels in the heart of Cape May. We will have check-in, information, and indoor programs at the Grand Hotel, and the birding trips take place at multiple sites within the town and county.


Cape May Bird Observatory

609-400-3836 (Shannon DeAngelis)

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Cape May Convention Hall

714 Beach Avenue
Cape May, NJ 08204 United States
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